We have reached over 150% in under 10 days! Wohoo!
The team sat down to brainstorm stretch goals that would both encourage continuing pledges but also make a significant impact on the visually impaired community.
And with that, we give you two of our new stretch goals:
- Stretch Goal 1 - $12,000 - 100 copies of Audio Game Hub will be sent for free to foundations around the world! As a pledger, you will have a say in which foundations will receive our games.
- Stretch Goal 2 - $18,000 - The team will create 1 extra game out of the list of 12 possible games. This way, instead of voting for 5 games, you will be voting for your top 6 favorite games for us to create!
“Nobody makes games for us.” were the words that launched this collaborative project, aimed at bringing the fun of video games to the nearly 300 million visually impaired around the world, as well as the many more who want to play by sound rather than sight.
Put simply, most of the games made for the visually impaired currently in the market are much more simple than traditional video games and unfortunately, many audio games are not as developed in terms of depth, diversity, multiplayer functionality or good replay-ability.
Clearly, there is a need and a responsibility to provide the visually impaired with richer gameplay than what is currently available. And this is where we come in to continue this good deed and expand on our original project.
Here at Audio Game Hub, we believe games should be for everyone! We specialise in using sounds and music to create a world for our players to immerse in without any limitations.
The original Audio Game Hub was released in April 2016, and it is an application that contains eight audio mini-games, designed for both non-sighted and sighted users. Multiple genres of casual video games were adapted into accessible audio equivalents, each designed with unique interaction patterns and gameplay mechanics.
Click below to preview gameplay from the already created games:
Since our original launch, the application has gathered over 30,000 downloads, excellent reviews, ratings and feedbacks and have even received awards from the Play by Play Festival and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
We have gotten over a hundred requests to make more games and many of you suggested that we should go for a Kickstarter campaign and so, we are doing just that.
We want to add another 5 brand new games to our hub on all 3 platforms: PC, Android and iOS.
We have loads of ideas to narrow down from but why let us decide when we have awesome people like you who can have a say in it all?
By pledging at any level, you will have the ability to vote for your 5 favorite games out of the ones listed below:
Frogger - Left? Clear. Right? Clear. Cross! Listen for oncoming vehicles, dodge traffic, and mind any obstacles in your way.
- Cricket - There is no longer a need to wait for a sunny day to play a good game of cricket! Put yourself in the shoes of a proffesional cricket player and test your reactions and reflexes by batting using your device just as you would if you were on the field!
Boxing (Punch-out) - Get ready to take on the world! Fight it out with boxing champions from across the globe, here to challenge you for your title!
Bowling - Ten pins, one ball. A classic game of knocking things over.
Runner - Through rain and snow, run for as long as you can! Duck under or jump over obstacles as you make your way through the course!
Minesweeper - Clear and mark each section of a grid, until you’re sure you’ve taken care of all the mines… or have you?
Road Race - Put pedal to the metal as you race from coast to coast, making sure to pick up fuel and smooth over any mangled metal along the way. A racing game based on arcade classics.
Poker - Texas / Poker - Classic - Just like in the casinos! Play either classic or Texas Hold’em poker in single-player against multiple AI personalities.
Blackjack - 21 - The most widely played casino game in the world, blackjack is a race to reach 21, but don’t go over!
Eggs - So many chickens, so many eggs and only one basket. How many eggs will you let break? A remake of the classic portable 1986 'Nu Pogodi' arcade game.
Roulette - Place your bets and spin to win! A longtime classic from casinos all over the world.
Craps (Roll the Dice) - Kiss your dice for luck, then shoot some craps to see what you win!
Simon + Super Simon - A game in the style of Simon, where you have to remember an ever-growing sequence of commands. Too easy? Switch to Super-Sequence in which you have to juggle multiple sequences to advance through the levels!
A Diablo like audio role playing game speacially tailored for the visually impaired! Packed with interactive non-linear plot, character development, NPCs, quests and complex dialogues, create your own story as you escape from the whispering tunnels and the devious traps, monstrous creatures and puzzles that it may hold. Find a variety of weapons, tools or magical items to use at your disposal, and picklock a door or simply attempt to break through it with your own strength; the choice is yours.
You wake up.
It is pitch black and nothing can be heard but the echo of gentle drops and what seems to be a whisper…
Is it calling your name?
Your lips are cracked and broken and your mouth dry as a desert.
How long have you been asleep for?
You feel the coarse ground beneath you as you attempt to stand on your feet and almost collapse from weakness.
You need to get out of here. Now.
During the development of Whispering Tunnels, the team has expanded the scope of the game to a size much much bigger than we had originally planned. So much even that we have decided to release it as a stand alone app!
With all the new functionality, story and mechanics we have added, Whispering Tunnels could easily become one of the best Action, Hack and Slash, role playing games available for the visually impaired! Just think about the first time you played Diablo or a similar dungeon crawler game. We are bringing this level of quality to provide the best possible experience for our players.
The team has been busy working on the engine of Whispering Tunnels and are around 70% through in a lot of the mechanics such as navigation, combat, inventory and map systems which means a working demo should be here sooner rather than later!
Originally we had planned to give this game out as an exclusive for Kickstarter backers only. However, we started this project with the belief that games should be for everyone and so making our biggest game exclusive to only about 100 people is not staying true to who we are or what we want to do.
This was not our goal and we are aware of our mistake.
Because of that, we have changed our approach of exclusiveness in a way that will still reward Kickstarter pledgers/backers but also will allow people from all over the world to purchase and experience the Whispering Tunnels in the future.
Pledge at a Gentle Whisper level or above and receive exclusive content for the Whispering Tunnels in the form of:
- Access to Whispering Tunnels 1 month before release to public
- Access to Whispering Tunnels at a lower price than public release price
- Exclusive Kickstarter Backer Achievement
- Exclusive Kickstarter In-Game Weapons and Items
- and more to come…
We love what we do and want to create more high quality audio games for our players to love too. Unfortunately, as with everything, there are some costs involved in the project. These can be summarised to:
Hiring professional voice actors
Purchasing sound effects and music
Pizza costs for the team
These costs however, can be heavily reduced with your help.
Help - verb - to make it easier or possible for someone to do something by offering them one's services or resources.
That's right! Either pledge or spread the word about Audio Game Hub! Or even better, do both!
We believe games should be for everyone and the more people we have alongside us, the faster we can move and the bigger the impact we can make.
Our goal for this Kickstarter is $6,000 as this is the minimum we would need to cover the costs of voice actors, sound effects and music.
After the Kickstarter campaign, the games would then be sold separately (except for the 'Whispering Tunnels' game) via in app purchases to the general public.
Our Goal - $6,000 - REACHED
- 5 new games will be voted on and then created.
- The Whispering Tunnels will be created.
- Games will be released and sold separately via in-app purchases for non-backers.
We have received a lot of touching feedback both supporting our cause and encouraging further development; but don’t take our word for it:
“Hi, I wanted to write this email to express not only my thanks and gratitude but also my complete amazement of your Audio games hub app.
I am partially sighted and my wife is fully sighted and to be able to play games with her is just fantastic. You made possible something I thought I wouldn't ever see.
It's about the games yes certainly, but the experiences, the laughs and fun we can have because both sighted and visually impaired people can play these set of excellent games together.
So for the fun we have had so far and the fun we will have in the future I can't thank you enough. I hope more games will be on the way!" - Riz
“Hello, I'm writing to tell you how much I love this app! I'm blind and use it on the iPhone platform, and it is so great to finally have an accessible game hub app.
Maybe you guys could create a pro version where one would have to pay a little bit and you guys can include some extra games as well, because I would love to be able to support you guys even on a fixed income as this is such a wonderful app!” - Mary
Audio Game Hub was awarded the application of the month by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in September 2016.
Royal National Institute of Blind People [website link]
September 2016, United Kingdom
Audio Game Hub was a category winner at the Play by Play Festival, winning “Excellence in Representation”.
Audio Game Hub was also a finalist in the event and was shown in the exhibition that accompanied the Festival.
18th-23rd April 2016, Wellington, New Zealand
We were proudly selected as one of the top 10 most innovative startups out of over 100 others startups in New Zealand.
Lighting Lab Auckland [website link]
March - July 2016
Our team received first place and the award for the AUTEL Innovation Challenge in 2015.
AUTEL Innovation Challenge [website link]
26th November 2015
We are a team of students from Auckland University of Technology who have devoted our free time to explore, innovate and create ways to provide the best gaming experience possible for those who are visually impaired.
Jarek Beksa - Originator, Team leader, Audio Engineer & Designer
Jeong Su Jeon - Lead Unity Developer
David Delgado (Twitter) - Unity Developer, Social Media Marketing & Writer
Vincent ‘Vinny’ Polehwidhi - Scripts & Social Networking
Juan Rodríguez (Twitter) - Web Designer & Unity Developer
Tarn Tarn - Website Developer & Unity Developer
In this section you will find extra information on various pledge levels and their rewards.
Please note rewards and pledge levels are fixed however reward details are subject to change and this information is a close approximation of the final rewards.
Knock on the Door & Chirping Canary
Receive a physical copy of Audio Games Hub in our premium USB contained by our Original Metal Casing.
Below you can find an approximation of what the box and USB would look like. Please note this is subject to change and is only an example picture.
Your logo will be placed along with the logo's of other pledgers at this level in the splash screen of the Audio Game Hub app. (Subject to Approval)
That is, every time the game is opened, your logo will be displayed on the start screen and read out. See example image below:
Appear as a sponsor in one of the game's title screen of your choice!
Your name (or company name) will be read by a professional voice actor every time the game of your choice is opened. (Subject to Approval)
i.e. "Archery brought to you by YOUR NAME".
Below is a list of the games currently available as well as place holders for the upcoming 5 games we will be making if we reach our goal, along with availability status for patronage:
Slot Machine - Available for Patronage
Archery - Available for Patronage
Hunt - Available for Patronage
Labyrinth - Available for Patronage
Samurai Tournament - Available for Patronage
Samurai Dojo - Available for Patronage
Memory - Available for Patronage
Blocks - Available for Patronage
The Whispering Tunnels (Kickstarter Exclusive) - Available for Patronage
New Game 1 - Available for Patronage
New Game 2 - Available for Patronage
New Game 3 - Available for Patronage
New Game 4 - Available for Patronage
New Game 5 - Available for Patronage
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Risks and challenges
As in any game development scenario, there can be risks involved. However, because we have previously successfully launched the original Audio Game Hub, we know that our team has the skills, determination and drive to further develop the next stage of our project.
The app is already live on various platforms with excellent user reviews and ratings and because of this, most obstacles and challenges have already been overcome even before this Kickstarter and so we believe that continuing to expand should be relatively low risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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